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How to Access Your Computer Remotely

Connect to your computer anywhere with Remote Desktop.


  • Step 1: Use MS Remote Desktop Use Microsoft’s Remote Desktop software if you’ve got Windows XP. If you are using Vista or 7, you probably have the Remote Desktop built in. Right click on My Computer, choose Properties, and then the Remote tab. Check the Remote Access box.
  • TIP: If you’re a Mac person, download Microsoft’s Desktop Connection software for OSX.
  • Step 2: Get a host name Sign up for a host name with a service like DynDNS. This will let you assign a name to your IP address.
  • Step 3: Configure your router Configure port forwarding on your router following the instructions in your router’s manual that will allow remote access. The default port for XP is 3389.
  • Step 4: Use a VNC viewer Use a VNC viewer as an alternative to your system’s remote desktop software. Try TightVNC for PC or JollysFastVNC for Mac. Then enter your domain name and get to work as if you were sitting in front of your own computer.
  • FACT: The first large-scale computer communications network was established in 1958. The Semi-Automatic Ground Environment - SAGE - linked hundreds of radar stations in the United States and Canada.

You Will Need

  • Computer with Microsoft XP
  • XP pro
  • Vista
  • or 7
  • Host name
  • Router
  • VNC viewer
  • Mac OS (optional)
  • Microsoftu2019s Desktop Connection software for OSX (optional)

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